The Ecodesign Directive (ED) provides consistent EU-wide rules for improving the environmental performance of products, such as household appliances, information and communication technologies or engineering. This report summarises the responses of 27 stakeholders who were interviewed to obtain their assessment of the implementation of the ED, particularly the successes and shortcomings, the results and the processes and the Directive’s contribution to encouraging the circular economy. The objective was to gather the views of both EU-level and Member State experts and stakeholders on the following questions:
- To what extent has the Directive met its objectives?
- What are the main obstacles in the implementation?
- How does the ED interact with other policies?
- How does the Directive contribute to the circular economy?
Christian Egenhofer is Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate programme and Director of the CEPS Energy Climate House. Eleanor Drabik is Researcher, Monica Alessi is Research Fellow and Programme Manager and Vasileios Rizos is Research Fellow at CEPS Energy Climate House.
Full Title: "Stakeholders’ Views on the Ecodesign Directive: An assessment of the successes and shortcomings"
This paper was written at the request of the Ex-Post Evaluation of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) of the General Secretariat of the European Parliament, and can be downloaded from the Parliament’s website. It is republished as a CEPS Research Report with the kind permission of the European Parliament.